California Trip

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By now, this guy in black has got to be wondering why I'm taking his picture.

Another epitome of serenity.

You've got to admit that it was an awfully nice park bench.

Yerba Buena Island and The Oakland Bay Bridge (I didn't take this shot. I think it was taken from the top of Russian Hill, facing east. See map Site 11.). If you click on this thumbnail, you'll see that I marked Site 19. where it is visible on this photo, just to the left of Yerba Buena Island. You can see my Site 19 photos of the San Francisco skyline, taken from across the bay, on Page 6. As you can see from the map, Site 19. is located on a narrow stretch of land that connects Yerba Buena Island to Treasure Island. -photo by Tom Cirillo,

Alright, time for a reality check. Where is this? This is...Judah Street. I'm driving east. Up ahead, Judah bends to the left and becomes Parnassus Street, before passing through the medical center.

This is the same street, just a little further east. I'm nearing the medical center now.

Whoops! I took a left and drove right around the block. Now I'm driving south on Willard St., approaching the intersection of Willard and Parnassus. This road ascends steeply, as may be apparent from the photo.

I didn't take this photo -- Google image search; "San Francisco". I can only guess where in San Francisco it was taken, but it captures how steep some of these hills are. -photo by Tom Cirillo,

Note my surreptitious documentation of both plate and cruiser ID on the police car in front of me. He better not bend the rules on my count or there'll be a reckoning...

So now I'm headed west on Parnassus. See map Site 12.

Here, finally, is the UCSF Medical Center (that's University of California San Francisco) and the UCSF Children's Hospital.

A few blocks north of the medical center, just east of the Golden Gate Park, is the base of Haight St. Here's this year's winning poster submission for the Haight Street Fair,

I stepped into Amoeba Music ( for a few minutes, and was overwhelmed. They have everything from popular to obscure. Also check out the Haight Ashbury Music Center.

Visit to view the official Haight-Ashbury homepage. The Haight-Ashbury District, as it is known, spans much of the length of Haight St. Take a look at the San Francisco Neighborhood Guide, for more information.

Twin Peaks has the highest elevation of any mountain in San Francisco. The next few photos are taken from Twin Peaks Boulevard, atop the two-peaked mountain, overlooking San Francisco and San Francisco Bay (see map Site 13.). The sign indicates that this overlook is part of a 49 mile scenic drive.

This photo doesn't do the radio tower justice. It was a real whopper.

Here, I am facing southeast from the top of Twin Peaks. That body of water is San Francisco Bay and beyond it is Oakland to the north, and San Leandro to the south.

This photo faces south (maybe more like south-southeast). In the distance, the sliver of land which divides the water and sky is San Mateo. Thisevening, I'll drive east to Oakland, over the Oakland Bay Bridge, south through San Leandro, west again, over the southern-most San Francisco Bay bridge, through San Mateo, and over the coastal mountain range to Half Moon Bay, on the Pacific coast.

This photo faces south. In the distance, to the west of the mountain peak, is Daly City -- an unremarkable place except for its proximity to the ocean. I drove south on Rt. 1 just yesterday, and passed through Daly City.

A fine town, San Francisco.

OK, see that particularly wide road? Now take a look at the map. That is Market St. and I'd wager that it was positioned as it was for a reason; it runs northeast to southwest with Twin Peaks as its origin, in perfect alignment! What a great photo-op!

I took this shot facing south-southwest. If you examine the map, you'll see that the road I was driving on wraps around Twin Peaks in the shape of a figure eight -- or an infinite loop, in some cases. This peak is the southernmost of the two. It would, come to think of it, make a pretty good racetrack.

Here is the San Francisco skyline again. This vantage was pretty cool!

And now, the money shot -- 8 ball, corner pocket.

San Francisco's skyline looks much like that of any big city. Being on a peninsula, it's mostly surrounded by water, which really enhances the scenery! I took this photograph facing east.


This photo is taken facing north. The Pacific Ocean is to the left, and San Francisco Bay is to the right. If you look closely, you can see GGB trusses near the center!

I took this photo facing northeast.

This one is taken from just north of Twin Peaks, facing southeast. San Francisco's skyscrapers are just to the left.

Let's get vertical, vertical...

This is just one of those lost something in the taking.

It must be a beacon for extra-terrestrials.

The panorama (above) was enlarged from this photo.

It's me! I was lucky to get this shot. As I approached this scenic vista, I passed a group of people in athletic clothes. It was funny; this fellow asked me if I'd like him to take my photo. Then, as he took the camera, he said, "...and I'll take you're car as well, if you'd like." That could be interpreted as a compliment, but I think his meaning was contrary. He would have easily mugged me, as taken my photograph. Not that he was serious, or anything, but he certainly had a dark sense of humor.

This is Dewey Boulevard atop Forest Hill (see map Site 14.). We are just southwest of Twin Peaks.

Residents of Forest Hill appear to be very well off. I like the long stair which divides these two building complexes. It must be awfully nice to live here.

This is the city hall. It is curious to me how similar this building's countenance is to that of the White House, or any other capital in America. This building faces east. See map Site 15.

'Tis the San Francisco Public Library. Do come again.